The Red Wings announced today that, following the success of last year's fan voting to determine what players would be made available as bobbleheads during the 2011-12 season, they would do it again for the coming year. The twist this time around is that voting will be for Red Wings alumni, with an impressive list of players on the ballot.
From the press release...
The first bobblehead to be distributed as part of this special Edition will depict former captain and three-time Stanley Cup champion Steve Yzerman. As part of Operation: Bobblehead - Alumni Edition, the remaining five former Wings to be featured in the promotion will be determined by an impending multi-week online voting campaign, which will be conducted through a formspring page accessible via DetroitRedWings.com.
Hockeytown Heroes appearing on the ballot for Operation: Bobblehead - Alumni Edition include Sid Abel, Alex Delvecchio, Terry Sawchuck, Ted Lindsay, Darren McCarty, Kris Draper, Joe Kocur, Kirk Maltby, John Ogrodnick, Luc Robitaille, Dino Ciccarelli, Chris Chelios, Larry Murphy, Mark Howe, Igor Larionov, Brendan Shanahan, Brett Hull, Chris Osgood, Scotty Bowman and more. Write-in candidates are also encouraged. Voting will begin on Tuesday, July 31, at one minute past noon and will be conducted on a week-by-week basis, closing at noon every Sunday. The following day (Tuesday) at 12:01 p.m., voting will begin anew with the winning player being removed form the ballot. No votes cast the previous week will count towards each player's total. There is no limit on how many votes fans are able to cast each week. Twitter users, meanwhile, are invited to champion their favorite player's bobblehead by using the hashtag #HockeytownHero throughout the duration of this campaign.
As seemingly always, when it comes to the Detroit organization acknowleding the team's history, an important name is missing from that list: Larry Aurie.
I've ranted about lack of recognition for Aurie before. It's a shame that his number isn't in the rafters and it's even more of a shame that the Red Wings organization won't explain why.
That said, the Wings control those rafters and they can do what they want there. If Operation: Bobblehead really is about letting the fans decide, then this is the opportunity to get the team's first real star honored.
The Wings say they encourage write-in votes. When voting opens on Tuesday, cast yours for Larry Aurie. It won't get his #6 to the rafters where it belongs but it's a start.
Update, 7/31: Voting is now open on the Red Wings' web site.
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